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07 March 2011, 15:25

LNM Awards 2011: Debian wins in two categories

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At the Linux New Media Awards that took place at the recent CeBIT trade show in German, Debian won in two of the seven categories. The reference Linux distribution gained the awards for "Best Open Source Server Distribution" and for "Outstanding Contribution to Open Source/Linux/Free Software".

President of the Free Software Foundation Europe Karsten Gerloff, who presented the award to Debian, said "In Debian, quality is the focus of everyone's attention. But those who work on the Debian system know that great software is worth nothing without Freedom. With the release of Squeeze, the latest stable version, in February, Debian has taken the important step of offering a completely free kernel, with no binary blobs."

In previous years all award winners were selected by a jury panel of editors, authors and open source industry experts. This year, for the first time, LNM asked for online votes from the community at large for the category of Favourite Linux Distribution. However, it appears that apart from the live announcements on the day, details of the other award winners have yet to be published.

According to a posting on Debian News, the Debian project was particularly proud to have won this year having come second in the category of outstanding contributions in the field of free software and Linux at the previous years LNM Awards.


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